Cheryl Haworth: Breaking Barriers and Olympic Bronze at 17 Years Old!

Three-time Olympian Cheryl Haworth relives the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Cheryl Haworth represented USA Weightlifting at the 2000 Sydney Olympics — and won a bronze medal! — at just 17 years old. Cheryl talks about the friendships forged through Olympic weightlifting and what it meant to her to represent the United States on the world’s biggest stage.

Editor’s Note: This video was produced in partnership with USA Weightlifting. BarBend is the Official Media Partner of USA Weightlifting. The two organizations maintain editorial independence unless specified in special content projects. This is one such project.

[Related: Listen to our full podcast interview with 3-time Olympian Cheryl Haworth!]

Cheryl Haworth’s Storied Weightlifting Career 

Cheryl Haworth is one of the most accomplished weightlifters in American history. She began the sport as a teenager and quickly shot to the sport’s top ranks in the United States. She went on to win numerous national championships and appeared in three Olympic Games.

Her best Olympic performance came during the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where she won bronze; Cheryl was just 17 years old. She also competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics. 

Cheryl Haworth set numerous records during her career, including a long-standing American women’s snatch record that — as of 2020 — has stood for nearly 17 years.